This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Please input something on the "Post Title" box, preferably less than 10 words; otherwise, the program simply inserts the first sentence of your blog.  It gets annoying and makes it difficult to search by title in case you want to go back and find a useful blog.  KEEP POSTING.  Doesn't matter if no one replies. Even if one person benefits from what you wrote, it's worth the time and effort. Besides, it will benefit YOU just to writ the blog your thoughts/feelings out.

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Comment by ebigirl on May 14, 2012 at 4:02pm

Once again, awesome advice Bunker. When I first found and started using this site, the blog section was used for random posts, great news, and topics not found under the "forums" section of the site.

If someone has a specific question/concern, I think it is easier for everyone to use the forums section of the site under the specific topics available. You are more likely to receive at least a few responses from other members.

Using a "post title" and keeping the title short as Bunker has posted is VERY important! You will attract more attention to your post and receive more replies using this method.

Also, finding and posting under your specific ship/division if your SR is in bootcamp (as an example) will help you get to know other mom's/loved ones in your ship and/or division. This was VERY helpful to me when my son was in bc, and the real treat was meeting these other mom's at both the meet and greet and PIR!!  :-) 

Once you are past the bootcamp stage, using and posting under the "GROUPS" available (there are on the Group tab at the top of the page) helps to make the most of YOUR personal experience with a loved one in the Navy and using this site . Example: I live in Washington State. I joined the "Washington/Oregon" group and have found other moms in my area to meet and get to know.

As Bunker posted...KEEP POSTING!!!! The way I look at it, there is never a dumb question unless it's not asked.

Comment by lemonelephant on May 14, 2012 at 4:31pm

Actually, if you don't put in a "Post Title" the site puts in the first 200 characters, not just the first sentence.  Yes, it is important to keep posting.

Comment by ebigirl on May 14, 2012 at 4:41pm

Thank you lemonelephant. I didn't know that that is how the posting worked. We learn something new everyday.

Comment by lemonelephant on May 14, 2012 at 4:52pm


Comment by BunkerQB on May 14, 2012 at 5:27pm

Hmmmm....  Another design flaw I'll have to take up with those NING guys.

Comment by BunkerQB on May 14, 2012 at 5:32pm

P.S. You can go back and include a title. If you are the creator of the blog, simply open up the blog, then click "Options" on upper right, then click "Edit", insert your title (10 words or less - the more concise the better - title should really describe what your blog is about), then click "save" ..........


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